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Leadership and personality

When I was doing a uni paper last year, I read several books and articles on the topic of leadership and personality including The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain, Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Authentic Leadership by Bill George and Quiet Leadership by David Rock.

This reading helped me understand myself and others better; and to value the way I learn, communicate and lead. It affirmed for me that ‘quiet’ leaders can be effective leaders. It helped me to develop my strengths in supporting others to learn and solve their own problems by asking questions and focusing on solutions not problems. I also supported changes so that a group of staff with introspective qualities had more suitable work environments to re-energise and think.

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Leadership in Practice

In the first half of last year I completed a paper called ‘Educational Leadership in Higher Education’ which was the first of four papers in a Post-Graduate Certificate in Leadership that I’m doing through University of Waikato.

This paper enabled me to explore theories and concepts of leadership, and use these to reflect on my own leadership practice. One of the assignments involved creating a ‘Leadership Platform’ where I identified some of my key personal values, reflected on how I demonstrate these values and sought feedback from colleagues on how well I live these values at work. This was an enlightening and satisfying process.

Doing this paper was a transformational learning experience and has helped me to increase my level of self-awareness. It has also given me an understanding of how I, along with my organisation, am influenced by wider contextuall factors, including the prevailing neo-liberal educational environment.  I find leadership theory fascinating and thoroughly enjoyed the classroom discussions, readings, and assignments.  A few of the books I read during the course:  Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Leadership: The Challenge for the Information Profession by Sue Roberts and Jennifer Rowley and Authentic Leadership by Bill George.

After completing the paper, I shared my Leadership Platform with my team, with the aim of helping them to understand my values and the expectations that flow out of these.  This was followed by several team sessions which gave the staff an opportunity to share their own values and what is important to them.

 

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